The Underground Railroad: A Novel

By | June 4, 2017
The Underground Railroad: A Novel Author Colson Whitehead
ISBN-10 1524736309
ISBN-13 9781524736309
Year 2016-08-02
Pages 432
Language English
Publisher Random House Large Print
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award the 1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia Life is hell for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora an outcast even among her fellow Africans she is coming into womanhoodwhere even greater pain awaits When Caesar a recent arrival from Virginia tells her about the Underground Railroad they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape Matters do not go as plannedCora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her Though they manage to find a station and head north they are being hunted In Whiteheads ingenious conception the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphorengineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil Cora and Caesars first stop is South Carolina in a city that initially seems like a haven But the citys placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens And even worse Ridgeway the relentless slave catcher is close on their heels Forced to flee again Cora embarks on a harrowing flight state by state seeking true freedom Like the protagonist ofGullivers Travels Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journeyhers is an odyssey through time as well as space As Whitehead brilliantly re creates the unique terrors for black people in the preCivil War era his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day The Underground Railroadis at once a kinetic adventure tale of one womans ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering powerful meditation on the history we all share

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